Description: This high grade hand made chronograph is signed Heuer and Abercrombie & Fitch. This watch was made for Heuer by Valjoux. Valjoux is the movement maker for the chronographs used by Patek Philippe. The triple register is the rarest of the Valjoux Chronographs and highly finished. Heuer designed the case specifically for the premier sporting goods house of Abercrombie and Fitch. 36mm stainless steel case with waterproof screw down case back, stepped bezel, and small pump pushers. Powered by famous 17 jewels, Valjoux 72 manual wind 3 registers movement, this 2444 isn’t just a pretty face, it’s reliable too. Original bright silver dial signed Abercrombie & Fitch and Heuer, with large chronograph registers, luminous filled gold dauphine hands, and a wonderful mix of painted triangle and applied gold bar hour markers. Black alligator 18mm strap. Circa 1950's.
Condition: Great condition with slight mark on dial over Heuer signature. Small scratches and nicks on case and case back.
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Story:Tag Heuer can trace its origins to 1860 when a 20-year-old called Edouard Heuer opened a small workshop in Saint Imier, Switzerland. In 1887, Edouard invented the oscillating pinion, an invention which continues to be used in many chronographs to this day. Interestingly, the year “1887” would be subsequently used by TAG Heuer for the name of a manufacture movement released in 2010. Throughout its history, Heuer, and later named TAG Heuer, has been linked with chronographs and timers. For example in 1911, Heuer invented the Time of Trip, an on-board chronograph for installation within the instrument panels of cars and aircraft. The device was used to indicate the duration of a journey. Heuer created the Solunar in 1949 after a request from Abercrombie & Fitch for a watch capable of indicating the tides. Jack Heuer, who was only 15 years of age at the time, spoke to his physics teacher, Dr. Heinz Schlit, who performed all of the necessary calculations to bring the watch to fruition. In 1963, Jack Heuer designed the Carrera chronograph, named after the hazardous Carrera Panamericana car race of the 1950s. The watch was the first timepiece designed by Jack and featured a remarkably clean and highly legible display. A significant landmark in the history of Heuer was the decision to make the first self-winding chronograph. Jack Heuer was very aware that the research and development costs of creating this movement would be colossal. He approached Willy Breitling and they agreed to share the development expenses between both watch companies. Project 99 was the codename for the movement, later to be named Calibre 11 at the time of its launch in 1969. To differentiate the first Heuer watches equipped with the Calibre 11 from Breitling models featuring the same movement, Jack had the inspired idea to release the iconic Monaco model. The Monaco paired the world’s first automatic chronograph with a water-resistant square case. This watch had a stylish appearance and would famously appear the following year on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the film, “Le Mans”.
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